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when i was young, i heard about global warming and i knew that there were huge consequences for this huge problem. i got together with my friends and we found out that you could actually turn waste cooking oil into biodiesel fuel. because many families in my own town couldn't afford to heat their homes, i thought, what if we could recycle waste cooking oil to heat the homes of these local families? we made a difference. so can you. >> we were just worried about keeping our kids warm and having seat and hot water. it was a major relief. >> i was trying to talk about biodiesel and just could not get anywhere with it. so she came along and did it to get restaurants to recycle their grease. >> our bill will also promote the use of alternative energy. >> the fact that it was coming
from kids made it hit home a lot harder. the child shall lead them, sort of thing. she set the example for the town. it's great that westerly has a person that we can be very proud of. >> if everyone gave a little something back and took a little time out of their day to do something for others, the world would be a better place. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. the stories you're talking about in just a moment. but first, we want to get you up to speed on the day's headlines. 33 people were injured tonight in a bus crash in boston. the charter bus carrying 42 passengers hit an overpass. it was traveling from cambridge to pennsylvania. four of the injured are reported in critical condition. state police are investigating. an american woman missing for nearly two weeks in turkey has been found dead.
sarai sierra, 33 years old, from new york, police in istanbul say she was killed, possibly stabbed to death. also in turkey, a radical leftist group is claiming responsibility for sending a suicide bomber to the u.s. embassy in ankara yesterday. the bomb killed a turkish security guard. what do you get when you hold a gun buyback program? in tampa, florida, today you got some glocks, some revolvers and you get this -- a couple of rocket launchers. can you believe? in all, the sheriff's department collected more than 2,500 firearms. it appears this photo is meant to shoot down skepticism. the white house released this picture of president barack obama skeet shooting in august. the president was asked if he ever fired a gun when he recently released his plan for tougher gun control laws. he rereplied he went skeet shooting. a 5-year-old held hostage --
>> he's allowed us to provide coloring books, medication. >> his home for five days now? an underground bunker. it's an eerie reminder of a school bus hijacking nearly 40 years ago. two dozen children buried alive. one of the victims joins us live. plus, a federal raid. allegations of sex parties and prostitutes. just another day in politics or have we hit rock bottom? comedy or crossing the line? critics say this year's super bowl ads are anything but funny. plus, a push for more awesome. >> the world needs you to stop being boring, yeah, you. this is a very bizarre story. in alabama this hour, the excruciating wait continues for family, friends and the entire community of midland city, worried about the fate of a 5-year-old boy held hostage in an underground bunker. police say they are in constant
communication with jim dykes. the man they say killed a school bus driver tuesday afternoon, then took the boy inside a bunker on his property. police are talking to dykes through a ventilation pipe and say they don't think the boy has been harmed. george howell joins us. tell us what people are saying. what's going on there? >> reporter: don, you know this community is just waiting hour by hour. there was a vigil earlier. everyone is just hoping that this situation comes to a peaceful resolution. there was supposed to be a news conference here right now, but that was canceled. we did, though, get some new information from the sheriff earlier today. he gave us some insight into exactly how mr. dykes is treating this young boy. first of all, we know that mr. dykes has an electric heater and blankets. that is good news, obviously underground in this bunker, it's cold, a constant 50 degrees. so investigators say that mr. dykes is taking care of the young boy. also, they're able to get the
medications into that bunker, crayons and color books. we also learned today, toys and potato chips from investigators. but today when the sheriff came out and spoke with us, he made what seemed to be a direct appeal to mr. dykes saying, i want to thank mr. dykes for taking care of our boys. it raises the question, does dykes have a television, a radio. is he able to hear that appeal? >> i understand that you spoke to the sheriff. let's listen to what the sheriff had to say. let's listen to what the mother had to say. >> reporter: what do you hope if mr. dykes hears this or sees it? what do you hope he gets from this? >> he just needs to know that
everybody makes mistakes, everybody's been through life events that changes them. but ethan is innocent. let him go home to his mother. let him go home to his grandparents. let him come out to the community. let him go back to school and be with his friends. >> reporter: don, that was michelle riley. she was able to speak to ethan's mother today. she says the family is distraught. hanging on by a threat. everyone out here, they are trying to be optimistic. but there's a great deal of uncertainty. today, we saw people come together in this vigil to remember charles poland who many in this community consider to be a hero. but also to think about ethan. and there was a statement during this vigil today. would people say, ethan is going to come out of that hole. everyone trying to be as optimistic as possible. we're all watching and waiting to see what happens on this property behind me, hoping that
mr. dykes, as michelle said, makes a split-second decision, changes his mind and comes out of the bunker, don. >> jorge howell, thank you so much for your reporting tonight. for one group of adults, the alabama abduction brings back frightening memories and nightmares. they were schoolkids in california back in 1976. three masked men hijacked their school bus and took them captive. eventually forcing them into a van that was buried in a quarry. scared, in the dark, they didn't know if they'd ever get out or if that van would become their grave. after 16 hours, they did get out, led by their brave bus driver who was taken prisoner with them. they dug through debris, found a guard shack at the quarry and called police. 36 years old, the kidnapping still haunts many of them. a researcher who studied the case documented hallucinations, nightmares, evidence of ptsd and a fear that it could happen again. this man, along with another
man, his brother was finally paroled. one of those schoolkids joins us from nashville, tennessee. jennifer, i imagine what is happening in alabama must bring back frightening memories for you. >> it does. as an adult now watching this on the news, imagine what my parents and our community went through when this happened. but seeing this as an adult, i see it from a different perspective. >> what is it like -- i don't know if people can really understand that -- to the point that you can explain to our viewers, what is it like being buried in a moving van -- being buried underground like that for so long? >> it isn't something that you can explain unless you were actually in our situation. it's not something that anybody else could comprehend and it's
very unfortunate for this young boy who's now missing and buried himself. his situation is different from ours. my heart goes out to him. i can't imagine him being alone in the situation that he's in. at least i was able to have other children with me and one adult that i knew and could trust. but that situation bonded the 26 of us children that were kidnapped and buried alive to the point that it's unexplainable. >> how did the abduction affect you as a child? and even now, i understand that you still sleep with a nightlight on and you can't ride in a subway or go anywhere underground now? >> that is true. as a child, i wasn't really fearful of strangers because i just wasn't brought up that way. i had to get back on a bus. i had to go back to school. the things that affected me were things that you wouldn't think of. if i got tired when i went to a slumber party, i would have nightmares.
the nightmares that i did have were not normal nightmares for a child. the nightmares that i had, i actually saw myself die. i saw myself at my funeral. and it was explained to my parents that those are the type of nightmares that somebody would have that had actually prepared themselves to die. so at a very young age, i had to take on a different role and lost my childhood. you couldn't just go on and have a normal childhood when you faced a life-threatening situation like that. >> it was the end of your innocence, you believe? >> very much so. i think a lot of the children that were involved in the kidnapping had a lot of problems. we still do. we just recently had a reunion where a few of us ladies got together and a lot of them hadn't talked about it over the years. we hadn't talked to each other about it over the years. and to find out that we had all struggled with a lot of the same
things, some of them were handled in different ways. some of the families didn't talk about it. our family was very vocal. i testified in court. i helped the police when our kidnappers were still at large. so i think for me personally, the fact that i was able to discuss it all these years has helped me tremendously in my recovery. >> jennifer hyde, thank you. jennifer, we should say, your brother was also on that bus as well. jennifer, you're going to stick around. a trauma like this can shape you even when you become an adult. we'll talk about that next. [ tylenol bottle ] me too! and nasal co [ tissue box ] he said nasal congestion. yeah...i heard him. [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't.
new nectresse. sweetness naturally. tonight we're talking about the bizarre and frightening child hostage silgs going on right now in southern alabama. for days now, a man has held a 5-year-old boy in an underground bunker. we don't now the man's intentions, his demands. we don't know if the boy is healthy. we're having a conversation with jennifer hyde who survived a school bus kidnapping back in 1976. now i want to bring in a child psychologist. she's here in atlanta. you heard jennifer just a moment ago. she talked about her ordeal when she was 9 years old. in her response, she talked about dreaming about her funeral and those things. is that normal for people in those situations? >> it's definitely not abnormal. i think when a child faces a
traumatic event and they don't know what the outcome is going to be and perhaps death is in their future, that is something that they repress and later in life, they fear that that is a possibility. and so in their dreams when their guard is down, that is going to creep up to them. so for her to be able to manage to process that fear, that dream is a pretty amazing feat for her as she ages and grows further away from the traumatic event. >> jennifer, as i mentioned before the break, your brother was also in the bus with you. your brother was older. how old was he? >> he was a year older than i was. he was 10. >> and you were 9 at the time. it was 16 hours. did he talk about it? did he share a similar experience that you had? >> my brother dealt with it differently. he was a very funny, comedy -- he actually thought when the kidnappers got on the bus that it was a joke. and he threw his hands up in the air and said, we didn't do it. so he dealt with it differently.
he also wrote a lot. he did a lot of writing about his feelings and things -- that was how he dealt with it. unfortunately he was killed in an accident five years after the kidnapping. so i don't really know how he would have dealt with it as an adult. >> you said that children or people deal with it differently. and she is explaining that. this little boy -- let's hope he gets out of this bunker -- will deal with it differently as well. and the longer it goes on, i would assume the harder it will be for him to come to any degree of normalcy after this. >> depending on his personality, his age of 5, how he processes what he experiences. we don't know what he's experiencing there. we don't know what his support is going to be like once he makes it out. it will be an amazing event when he does come out and what will be put into place to help him process what he experienced. >> and children are resilient. they're very resilient and even
can overcome these types of situations. what i often find interesting is sometimes when these things go on for a long time, when you have an abduction -- this one is different. but when you have an abduction, many times people bond with their abductor because i guess there's no one else around for them to bond with. >> true. and the younger the child, the more they are the sponge. so if this individual is pleasant to him, this little child may be in adorement of him. he may enjoy his company. if he's treated in a kind manner, you're right, that child may learn to enjoy who he is as a person. we just don't know. >> jennifer, can i talk more about the reunion that you had. you mentioned before the break, we didn't get to talk a lot about it. you said that you shared things with each other. you hadn't seen each other in a while. you found there were similarities. you were surprised, in the way that you had dealt with this over the years. talk to me more about that.
>> when i met with the other -- some of the other kidnap victims a few months ago, i found that as adults, we had a lot of the same feelings towards the kidnappers and we all had very strong feelings of love and admiration for our bus driver, that he was a true hero to us. and that we all cherished that time that we spent with him. so a lot of things, but we also had a very unexplainable bond between us. i hadn't seen some of these girls since high school. but the fact that we had all been through the experience that we had been there, we have all come through it as survivors, it just -- it's like being a war veteran with your group of soldiers. it's something that only you as a group that have been through it can understand the feelings and the fears and even unspoken, you just understand. and you get where they're at. >> advice to the parents and to
the family of this little boy? >> to stay calm, to be patient and to be supportive once he arrives back into their arms. >> doctor, jennifer, thank you very much. we appreciate both of you. gun control, now a major focus in the white house. the president leading the charge. straight ahead, his plans to tackle the issue. for those nights when it's more than a bad dream, be ready. for the times you need to double-check the temperature on the thermometer, be ready. for high fever, nothing works faster or lasts longer. be ready with children's motrin. has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy.
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president barack obama takes his push for new gun control measures to minnesota next week, a state full of hunters and sportsmen but also a proven ground for new ways to prevent gun violence. it's the latest chapter in a conversation started, of course, by the horrific events in newtown, connecticut. but in just the past few days, there have been a series of events that are keeping the issue front and center. tuesday in illinois, a 15-year-old was gunned down in a chicago park shelter trying to stay dry during a rainstorm.
it happened just a mile from president obama's chicago home. she was the 42nd person killed in the city already this year. 506 chicagoans were killed last year. wednesday in arizona, police say a man angry over a legal dispute opened fire on three people at a phoenix office complex. two of them died. the gunman later killed himself. in washington on the same day, former congresswoman gabi giffords, herself a victim of a shooting attack, testified that now is the time for congress to act. >> we must do something. it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold, be courageous. americans are counting on you.
thank you. >> and thursday in georgia, a shooting outside a middle school. a 14-year-old was wounded in the head but was treated and released from the hospital. a fellow student is in custody. also on thursday in texas, an assistant district attorney was gunned down in the kaufman county courthouse parking lot. investigators say one, possibly two people, committed the crime. they've offered a reward for more leads in the case. the renewed attention on crimes involving guns, starting of course with newtown, has spurred lawmakers into action. the president has put vice president joe biden in charge of crafting his proposals. biden has championed gun control for years but his comments thursday offered a dose of reality for gun law supporters. here's what he said after a meeting with senate democrats on capitol hill. >> nothing we're going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of
another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to 1,000 a year from what it is now. >> comments like those spotlight the complexity of this emotional issue. and on thursday night, our very own anderson cooper hosted a town hall with supporters and opponents of tighter gun restrictions. and some of the most interesting comments came from people who know what it's like to face tragedy firsthand. here's a sampling. >> i just don't understand why the first idea put forth is something that might help at the last second. we can do better than what we're doing now. and we can do things in advance to keep a dangerous person and a gun from combining in the first place. we don't take that seriously. we don't do background checks on people. that's nuts. that's something we should get cut. >> at the same time, i think that once they start limiting, they're going to limit more. they're not just going to come in and take our guns away. they're going to start with one thing and then go to something else.
>> you see it as a slippery slope? get their foot in the door and take more and more? >> exactly. but i personally have no problem with doing background checks or registering all my guns in my name. but the bad guys are always going to have the guns. >> the question i have, this has become a polarizing issue on all fronts. we don't need that as a country. we've been down that path so many times. what are the gray areas? where is an area where you guys will agree so that we have public safety? >> we don't want people who are insane to have guns or terrorists or hardened criminals to have guns. we all agree on that. i think it's part of this national dialogue that we're here talking about to come to some ways about things that we can agree upon when there's plenty to do that we can agree bon, to enforce existing laws. >> to the idea if we only had more guns in more places of our country that we would all become
safer, if that idea was true, we'd already be the safest country in the world. how many more 100 million guns do we need before things become safer for everybody? >> first of all, if you look at the perpetrators of these crimes, most often, there is not a diagnosable mental illness ultimately. 5% of violent crimes are committed by someone who is mentally ill. typically they're more likely to be victims of these types of crimes as opposed to perpetrators. if there is violence, it's usually directed at themselves, not at others. >> the question is, what can they ban? they cannot ban handguns. we know that from the supreme court. but can they ban assault weapons, can they ban tanks, stinger missiles? you bet they can. and they do. and so that much we know. the federal government can ban certain weapons but they can't ban all weapons. >> president obama has promised to take his message of new gun
restrictions to events all around the country, starting with his monday event in minnesota. cnn will be there to cover every angle of this debate for you. ahead, a gay controversy among issues dominating the super bowl. plus this -- >> a federal raid, allegations of sex parties and prostitutes. just another day in politics or have we hit rock bottom? nasal congestion? ieve sure don't you? [ nyquil bottle ] dude! [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't.
what a week it has been for super distractions leading up to the super bowl. everything was tackled during media week except it seems for the actual game itself. president obama spoke out about player safety. there was the usual water cooler chatter about super bowl ads. and then there's a sibling rivalry between the two head coaches, the harbaugh brothers. tonight, we're going to focus on two big ones. first gay rights took center stage after comments from two nfl players expressing two different opinions. take a listen to chris culliver of the san francisco 49ers. >> i don't do the gay guys, man, i don't do that. >> are there any on the 49ers? >> no. they don't got no gay people on the team. they got to get up out of here if they do. can't be with that sweet stuff. >> is that true? >> that's true. >> they might be able to play well -- >> no. no. you can't be -- no. be in the locker room -- no.
>> so culliver later apologized for what he described as his very ugly comments. now here's ravens player brendan speaking out strongly on gay marriage equality. >> it needs to be passed federally. why not be the person to carry that message, not only to the united states but to the rest of the world. i have this huge platform. the whole world is watching. it's a message of positivity. it's a message of equality. and it's a chance to get it out. it's not going to affect the way i play football. it affects a lot of people's lives off the field. >> and ravens linebacker ray lewis playing in his last game but also facing renewed questions about hispass. 9 joining us live from my town, new orleans, home of super bowl xlvii. cnn.com sports contributor terrence moore and lamar campbell. i have to tell you that brendon is going to be mad at me because we are twitter and text buddies and i screw his name up every time.
the harbaugh brothers, terrence, who are your thoughts on their coaching style? >> the operative word is demanding. and we know this because jim harbaugh, who is the coach of san francisco, he had this quarterback named alex smith who was doing quite well until he got injured. and then there's this old adage in the nfl or in sports in general, you cannot lose your job through an injury. guess what? alex smith is now the jimmy hoffa of the nfl. we've not heard from this guy because a guy named colin kaepernick's got in there and done the job. and john harbaugh came out and one of his best friends in the nfl is cam cameron, his offensive coordinator, he whacked him in december because he wasn't getting the job done. bring in the new offensive coordinator. it's all about results with these guys. they're very, very particular
and they want it done their way. >> lamar, i want to ask you about something else. do you care to comment on this, yes or no? are you good with it? >> i'll definitely comment on it, for sure. so one of the things that i believe is when you look at the history of these two brothers, they grew up michigan men. you see the way their team plays. they play hard, they play physical and they've run the football in a day where now you have 5,000-yard passers, guys throwing the ball all over the place. they have old-school defense and hard hitting. >> lamar, you've been having a good time because your voice is shot. i want to turn now to the sweet stuff, these comments made by 49ers' back-up cornerback chris culliver. lamar, what was he thinking? this is 2013. >> you know, these nfl teams have media training. and we all know when media day
comes, you're going to get the craziest questions from the craziest people. but in this day and age and the advancements that we've made with lesbian and gay rights, for him to say something like that on a national stage, playing for the lombardi trophy, everything on the line for this trophy, to be a distraction to his team was selfish. hopefully he can learn from his mistakes. it's been a p.r. nightmare for this young man. jim hardaway made that fateful mistake years ago and it cost him his job. >> he said he was thinking with his head instead of his heart. perhaps we're getting that valentine's day is just around the corner -- what gets me is how all of a sudden they get this sensitivity religion. his agent comes out and says he's going to take this training now where he's going to talk to at-risk gay kids in san francisco.
i don't know what that means. only thing i know is that ray lewis had it exactly right. when ray lewis was asked this question, he said, you know what, i'm not here to talk about world issues, i'm here to talk about locker room issues. that's a veteran move. >> we're going to talk about ray lewis. you're right, all of a sudden, though, people find religion when you start talking about taking things away from them and their bank account and all of a sudden they find religion like, oh, i didn't mean him. i'm not homophobic or racist. we're going to -- stick around, guys. we're going to talk about ray lewis. no stranger to controversies or super bowls. [ female announcer ] born from the sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. new nectresse. all right that's a fifth-floor probleok.. not in my house! ha ha ha!
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i had to remind myself, i'm not playing anymore. so my metabolism doesn't work the same as it used to. >> you can tell by his voice he's been down to the french quarter. >> let's get right back into the conversation here. let's talk about ray lewis and his last nfl game. he is getting waves of respect from fans and media. lamar, is he trying to outrun his past after what happened in atlanta after the 2000 super bowl when a fight he was involved in left two people dead? >> you know, i don't want to consider that he's running from his past. i think every time that question's been addressed to him, if anything, he was in bad company that night. everything he's done since then has been to rebuild his image. and it was a turning point in his life. i don't think you have the ray lewis that you have today, the inspirational leader that you have today without that incident that happened in atlanta. >> and iginla mar is exactly
right. plus the fact we know ray is a changed man. he's not doing that silly dance at the super bowl. we'll start with that. but here's the other thing. he made a mistake 13 years ago. everybody's waiting for this perry mason moment -- that doesn't happen nowadays. >> terence, you told me last week on this show that ray lewis is a changed man. that's what you're saying right now. why do so many people disagree with you -- many people are upset with you for saying that. >> well, because they're not paying attention. again, this man has said over and over again, i was wrong, i made a mistake. this man has said over and over again, i'm going to spend the rest of my life helping young people not make the same mistakes. what i was saying before, you look at these perry mason moments, people don't come out and confess if they're not guilty.
and even if they are guilty, until the last minute. maybe on his death bed he might say something. but right now, he's doing the best he can to rectify the situation. >> one thing, don, we all have made mistakes. if this was not ray lewis, this happens tragically all the time. ray is on a platform. we can actually make a difference with what he's done since that incident. i think that speaks a lot to his character. >> here's the thing, we're a country that we believe in redemption. why is it that some people -- why can some people be redeemed and others can't be redeemed? why is it that we pick some people and it's okay and other people we don't? >> well, that's why i have a problem with this particular case. a lot of times, that's because guys don't fess up. like a roger clemens or a barry bonds or with lance armstrong. over and over again, he denied it -- >> or michael vick. >> or michael vick. we haven't seen the white suit he wore that day.
but outside of that -- >> lamar, you were at the cobalt lounge. what are your memories? >> it was my rookie year. i was very excited to be at the super bowl here in atlanta. there was a lot of melee outside the lounge that night. we couldn't believe it. you don't know who he was hanging with. two men tragically last their lives. it's never okay to have a rebuilding, lifer-changing moment off the lives of someone else. you're always going to be haunted by that memory. ray lewis is haunted by that memory and wants to make sure that never happens again. that's why he speaks out the way he does. he has something that's in high demand that we do not have in a lot of areas and that's leadership. >> you see these sirens? they're coming to get you if you guys don't go quickly. i just want to know, who's going to win.
who are you going to pick? first, terence. >> the best team always wins the super bowl. >> who's going to win? >> baltimore is a magic team. it's going to be san francisco. >> lamar? >> i think san francisco. i'm going to agree with terence. i think san francisco is going to hoist the lombardi tomorrow. >> got to go. both of y'all are wrong. it's going to be baltimore. i'll see you. when y'all have some crow tomorrow -- cajun crow. thank you. up next -- comedy or crossing the line? critics say this year's super bowl ads are anything but funny. [ female announcer ] when a woman wears a pad she can't always move the way she wants. now you can. with stayfree ultra thins. flexible layers move with your body while thermocontrol wicks moisture away. keep moving. stayfree.
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perceived racism and sexism. one ad has even targeted some saying it may encourage sexual aggression in young men. dean obeidallah is in new york. a couple of super bowl commercials are taking some heat. listen to a clip of this one from volkswagen. >> i hate mondays. >> they're the worst. >> no worries, man. everything will be all right. yeah, man. >> don't fret, me brother. the sticky bun come soon. >> some complain the accent there is offensive. is this offensive to you, dean? >> unbelievable. i'm outraged, once again, another week of outrage. i don't know, what is the stereotype people are upset, because jamaicans are happy? i'm arab. i wish people thought arabs were happy all the time.
this is not faux outreach situation. if we're going to complain about little things when the real issues come up, no one's going to listen. >> do you think it was started by volkswagen? when i saw the guy, i was like -- and then i was like, i don't really get it here. this is an audi ad. ♪ >> so this kid's going to prom, stag. then he gets the dad's audi. the dad's audi, boost of confidence, he goes there. he kisses the prom queen. is that too much? >> well, it was an age-appropriate kid. it wasn't like a 50-year-old guy kissing the prom queen. that would have been a different story. i could see where some people say he grabbed her against her will. he suffered consequences in the ad. he got a punch in the face for it.
will it encourage young men to be more aggressive? are you kidding me? the hormones going on in young guys are insane. >> we were just -- >> don, everyone complains about everything. >> everyone complains about everything. everything now -- when i was young, which was 90 years ago, people just used to have fights. sometimes people deserve beatdowns. not advocating violence. but sometimes you had a fight in the street or the playground and it was done. and now it's, this person is harassing me, beating me up -- >> fight them on twitter or facebook or social media now. >> it's ridiculous. get over it, people. talking about hiring prostitutes and making thousands of calls to other women. elected officials accused. and one just stepped down today. we'll talk about it straight ahead. [ record scratch ] what?! it's not bad for you.
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raid, tawdry allegations of sex parties with prostitutes, trips to the caribbean on a wealthy campaign donor's private plane. is this american politics as usual or are we hitting a new low here? new jersey democratic senator robert menendez denies allegations of hiring prostitutes in the dominican republic and menendez says he paid for his flights there on his close friend's private plane. fbi agents raided his friend's office this week. the same friend owes more than $10 million to the irs. dean obeidallah is back in new york. dean, what's the best move for senator menendez right now? >> i'm originally from new jersey and people are talking about it. it was on the front page of "the new york times" yesterday. he's got to get out ahead of this. you can't release terse statements from your office and avoid the media, running through the halls. i saw a cnn reporter trying to get a comment from him. you have to come out. if you don't, it's going to
build and build. who knows what the facts are? not saying the allegations are true. but there could be voracity to it. people could start demanding that he step down. get out ahead of it and answer questions about it. >> let's move on to nebraska, nebraska's lieutenant governor suddenly resigned after a local paper reported he used his government-issued cell phones to make thousands of late-night phone calls to four men, none of which are his wife. rick sheehy's wife called for -- filed for divorce calling it irretrievably broken. >> he was on the phone all the time. i guess he had no time to talk to her. he may have had an affair with four women at the same time. forget about lieutenant governor. he should be governor. he can multitask.
why is it only male elected officials getting in sex scandals. never heard of a female elected official. we haven't heard of any women getting in sex scandals. what is wrong with these guys? they're hurting men and hurting the elected officials because no one trusts our elected officials as it is. this makes it worse. >> the women getting in sex scandals are high school teachers. that's what happens. >> okay, but -- >> who's the comedian here, dean, come on. >> you're funnier than me, this is your show. >> when are politicians going to learn to stop using your work phone if you're going to do mischief? >> four women, 2,000 hours. how do you think you're going to get away with it? senator menendez, if it turns out to be true, it goes back to, how do you think you're going to get away from this? you're above the law? no.
>> i have 30 seconds left here. geraldo rivera says he may run for new jersey state senate as a republican. >> u.s. senate. just when we were getting our reputation back with "jersey shore" off. why not have snooki throw her hat in the ring, too? the republican party is so weak in new jersey, he could easily get the nomination. he could be running against cory bookerer next year. >> we have to run. but back in the '80s and '90s, my friend's dad couldn't say his name. thank you, dean. >> thanks, don. >> next, a push for more awesome. >> the world needs you to stop being boring. yeah, you. for the times you need to double-check the temperature on the thermometer, be ready. for high fever, nothing works faster or lasts longer. be ready with children's motrin.